Medaille University’s clinical psychology doctoral program (PsyD) has received accreditation from the American Psychological Association (APA), Commission on Accreditation, with a contingent status in effect until March 23, 2027. This opens new doors for Medaille’s PsyD students, including eligibility for licensure in all states and access to more competitive internship placements, grants and loan repayment programs. The University is also now eligible for full membership in the National Council of Schools & Programs of Professional Psychology (NCSPP), and can apply for training grants reserved for accredited programs.
The contingency status upon initial accreditation is a routine practice, and Medaille’s PsyD program has three to five years to provide additional data on graduates in an additional site visit. Medaille’s corresponding self-study is due on May 1, 2025.
“We are absolutely thrilled with the news,” says Lynn Horne-Moyer, Ph.D., who serves as the PsyD program director and chair of Medaille’s Department of Counseling & Clinical Psychology. “Accreditation is an endorsement of the quality of our program, as we train psychologists to work in a variety of clinical settings. It is the culmination of program development efforts within the institution, our training partners and especially among program faculty. Furthermore, it opens doors for our students to train at internship and postdoctoral sites across the country, and smooths the path to licensure in most U.S. states and Canadian provinces.”
The APA accreditation process promotes consistent quality and excellence in education and training in health service psychology. It provides tangible benefits for prospective students, the local, national and international publics that are consumers of psychological services, and the discipline of psychology itself.
Medaille’s practitioner-based PsyD program was started in 2012. To date, it has graduated 35 students who are now working in a variety of settings, including private practice, college counseling centers, medical centers and state hospitals. Some of Medaille’s PsyD graduates are also now supervising current students or teaching electives in their areas of expertise.